Category Archives: Our Catholic Identity

31 Dec: ‘Te Deum’ Indulgence

We read in the Enchiridion Indulgentiarum 26 that, under the usual conditions, people can gain a plenary indulgence by participating in a liturgical praying of the Te Deum for the end of the year. Is there one in your diocese … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why should we use black vestments for All Souls Day or funerals?

From a priest: My pastor said to me, “if you give me a good enough reason why I should wear black vestments on All Souls’ Day, I will do it.” What, exactly, would you recommend I tell him? My mind … Continue reading

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Bp. Paprocki explains denial of Communion for manifest grave sinners

DATELINE: Springfield, IL. It seems that in a letter to the edition of the local paper someone went after His Excellency Most Reverend Thomas Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield in regard to Communion for the civilly divorced and remarried (CDRs).  HERE  … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Holy Family Sunday: It is good to pray that God might be appeased.

In the Novus Ordo, or Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, on Sunday after Christmas we focus on the Holy Family. Our context is Octave of the Nativity of the Lord.  An “octave” is a period of eight days when … Continue reading

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D. Madison: Tabernacles must be moved to center of sanctuaries

For your Brick By Brick file. More great news from the Extraordinary Ordinary of Madison, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C Morlino. This comes by way of the liberal (for Madison a tautology), secular newspaper the WSJ.  My emphases and comments. At area Catholic … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Hindu service in my parish church! ANGRY!

From a priest… QUAERITUR: I’m a lowly parochial vicar at a parish whose pastor is people-pleaser. As I type this, there is a Hindu funeral ceremony going on in the nave of the church, at the foot of the altar. … Continue reading

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Conscience, Communion in this epoch of mercy. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

In this epoch of mercy, encounter and accompaniment, it seems that the categories of law, doctrine and conscience are becoming less and less meaningful. Certain churchmen today are opining about, for example, conscience and the reception of Holy Communion.   … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: I’ve been such a sinner. Is striving for holiness a waste of time?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: d’ve lived a pretty sinful life and reverted back to the faith. Since then I have been striving to become a saint, but I’m starting to get the impression I’m wasting my time. I’m a member of a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: During Year of Mercy can I go to SSPX Masses for my Sunday Obligation?

From a reader… May I attend a Mass by an SSPX priest during the Year of Mercy to fulfill my Sunday obligation? What is the current status of their Mass and is it affected by the Year of Mercy declaration … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Baptism with slight separation of matter and form… valid? Am I baptized?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I was born to Southern Baptist parents and baptized at age 7 by immersion. I clearly remember standing waist-high in a pool of water… the Baptist minister pronounced the Trinitarian formula and AFTER WHICH, he immersed … Continue reading

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